My Christmas tree is still up

My Christmas tree is still up. I know — Christmas is over, and it's time to take the decorations and lights down and get on with life.

My Christmas tree is still up. I know -- Christmas is over, and it’s time to take the decorations and lights down and get on with life. But Christmas isn’t really over until after January 6th, the day when many Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany from December 25th until January 6th. These days are a collection of 12...But Christmas isn't really over until after January 6th, the day when many Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany from December 25th until January 6th. These days are a collection of 12 feast days, beginning with Christmas day and ending after the wise men’s revelation. The revelation is called Epiphany or the unveiling or finding God in the flesh (the baby Jesus in the manger).

This is when the Three Wise Men (also sometimes called the Three Kings) visited and gave gifts to Jesus. This day actually closes the Christmas festivities and is the day many people exchange gifts.

I have a friend in Georgia who leaves her Christmas tree up all year long. She turned her small office into a Christmas room with a tree decorated with beautiful lights and ornaments. The room is filled with books, Christmas art pieces, and music that she can walk into anytime she wants to feel the magic of Christmas.

"It makes me feel good, she told me. And it reminds me that I can keep the spirit of love and giving in my heart all year long."

If we read about the three Kings, we learn that they were from three different countries, India, Persia, and Babylon. They were magicians, referred to as the Biblical Magi, and astrologers who provided advice into the mysteries of life. They were consuls to the kings, not really kings themselves.

These men studied the stars, connected the dots of the ancient writings that told a star that would direct them to a king. When the star appeared, they recognized it and followed it.

Their journey brought them to the palace of Herod the Great, King of Judea. But he was not the king they were looking for, so they continued in faith until they found the baby Jesus.

The gifts they brought to commemorate the King of the Jews were; gold, as to a king; myrrh, as to one who was mortal; and incense, as to a God.

The magi are a perfect example of knowing what you know, believing what you believe, and doing what you need to do.

I recently read a comment on social media that disturbed me; "Seriously, Walmart? You can't give us one more day to celebrate Jesus' birthday?"

My Christmas tree is still up. I know -- Christmas is over, and it’s time to take the decorations and lights down and get on with life. But Christmas isn’t really over until after January 6th, the day when many Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany from December 25th until January 6th. These days are a collection of 12...

The day after Christmas, Walmart and other retailers put out a line of Valentine’s gifts. As I read and reread it, I thought to myself, "Walmart is a business, not a religious organization."

A day later, we were having dinner at a restaurant. A friend came up to our table and said he didn't understand why people were still celebrating Christmas. "Why are people still playing Christmas music. After all, it's over," he said.

Remember the quote by Charles Dickens in the book, A Christmas Carol, "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!"

We live when it seems we are being told what to think and how we should feel. Maybe a simple New Year's Resolution that we could keep would be "We will learn from our past, live in the present and walk in faith toward the future."

Another interesting quote I saw on social media that we might add to our New Year's Resolution, too; "Let's promote what we know instead of bashing what we hate."

We can learn from the Magi by believing in God’s grand miracle made flesh to atone for our sins and let us do it every day of our lives.

And we can leave our Christmas tree up as long as we want to.


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Story Comments

  1. I love to read your perspective and insight. I was happy to hear Christmas music on the radio in our area through New Years Day. Usually by now my tree is down. But circumstances have gotten in the way this year. Crossing my fingers I can start taking it down tomorrow.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Meegan, for reading and commenting. I actually played a little Christmas instrumental this morning, but plan to take my decorations down today. I hate to see them go. It seemed to have gone by so fast. Happy New Year. I hope you have a blessed year filled with love, joy and peace.Deana

  2. So many true things in this story. I agree with "Let's promote what we know instead of bashing what we hate." this would stop so much conflict. As for stores celebrating Christmas, we already have Christmas carols in our store beginning of November so it all balances out in the end. lol

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Anita, for your comments. I hope you have a wonderful year filled with love, joy, and peace. Deana

  3. Such a wonderful post. We did take our Christmas Tree down but we keep the spirit alive in our hearts all year round. Happy New Year

    • Deana Landers -

      Brook that is all that matters. I hope you have a wonderful year to come filled with love, joy and peace.Deana

  4. It always varies when I take my tree down. This year was earlier than normal but I also decorated in early November! I love the fresh start January provides! Thanks for encouraging us!

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Marty. The grandchildren are coming to halp me take ours down this weekend. I hope you have a wonderful new year filled with love, joy and peace.Deana

  5. Maria -

    I just took mine down! I actually don't understand why people take it down so fast lol, but to each its own! I love the holidays makes me happy! Happy new 'year!

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Maria. Hope you have a blessed year filled with love and peace.Deana

  6. I agree, we should and can celebrate the beautiful message of Christmas every day and any day. Wishing you, and your family a beautiful and love-filled 2021. May the special magic of Christmas surround you always

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Michelle, I pray your year will be filled with love, joy, and peace, my friend.Deana

  7. My tree is still up too. We refer to what you are speaking of as little Christmas. I will tree comes down after January 6th. I like to have it up a few extra days because it does bring such joy.

    • Deana Landers -

      Mine will be up even longer this year, Doreen, because one our children and their family won't be here till this next weekend. Thank you for reading and commenting.Deana

  8. Becky Meacham -

    Love it, good encouraging read, historical truths we should ponder daily!❤

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Becky, for leaving a comment:). The comments help a lot.Love ya,Deana

  9. I am so excited to read this today. I needed this chat to refocus on what is important today. Thank you.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Deborah. I appreciate your comments. Please share this story if you feel it may help someone else.Deana

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